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Latin American and Latina/o Studies

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Best-selling authors. Chart-topping musicians. Award-winning actors. More importantly, mothers, fathers, co-workers, neighbors, and friends. In the United States alone, there are 50 million human reasons to be interested in Latin America. Our brothers and sisters from neighboring Mexico to the bottommost regions of Chile and Argentina, as well as the Iberian Peninsula, represent the fastest growing segment of our population. By 2050, one-third of the country’s citizens will be of Latin American descent.

Latin American Studies at PC offers you an opportunity to select courses from a range of academic disciplines — anthropology, foreign language studies, global studies, history, political science, secondary education, and sociology — to better understand a dynamic and complex region of the world whose fascinating cultural and demographic influences extend globally.​

Sure, you’ll be introduced to important historical figures and learn about events that shaped the world beyond the borders of nearly two dozen countries. But, you’ll also better understand you or your neighbor’s family history, how your co-worker’s political values were shaped, and why the Catholic Church is thriving in Latin American countries — invaluable cultural understanding tools for success in an increasingly diverse world.

​News & Events

Latin American Studies Student Earns Fulbright

Emily M. Kennedy ’15 will spend a year abroad thanks to a Fulbright award. Kennedy, a global studies major who minored in Spanish, political science, and Latin American studies, received a Fulbright ​Re​search Grant to study a social movement to improve water access in a rural community near Buenos Aires, Argentina. She leaves in March 2016.